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The Fashion Styling, Photography & Film master’s course trains participants to become visual image experts with advanced skills in photography, fashion film techniques, styling and publishing, focusing on advertising, catalogues, fashion magazines and photo editorials, for both offline and online media.
Completed application form
Signed personal statement
2 passport-size photos
CV or resume
2 reference letters
Copy of university diploma
Passport scan (photo page)
Portfolio (where requested)
EU privacy consent form
15 months; October intake
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
September – January
Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Undergraduate GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
Language:* Non-native English language speakers must demonstrate CEFR B2 level, and submit IELTS 6.5+ (no elements below 5.5).
Participants who successfully complete the programs taught in English in Paris will be awarded with a Master’s Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University-UK. The 15 month Master’s Degree includes a 12 week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA.
Through technical experimentation, cultural content and creative research, this course looks at how to reflect the soul and identity of a fashion brand through photography and moving image. Focusing on the visual language of communication participants approach the many different aspects of fashion styling, learning how to persuade, inspire and create an emotional response.
Students acquire the technical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to create a fashion shoot from initial concept, through to final editing – including analysis of current and future trends and the historical and contemporary context of fashion. During the course participants also apply technical and cultural notions to in-studio projects, learning how to negotiate and plan in detail every area of the technical and creative process.
Participants search for a location or photo studio, develop the use of light and color composition and find the right atmosphere to ‘capture’ their subject respecting the mood and theme of the creative proposal, brand image or client brief. Alongside technical and aesthetic aspects of photography and film, that incorporate lighting, composition, editing and special characteristics of films and paper, the course looks at business and networking, bringing observation and communication abilities together with artistic and creative expression.
On successful completion of their course of study students will be able to:
The Master’s course will focus on the following areas:
Course teaching methods are mainly based around formal lectures, workshops, seminars and self-directed study and within this structure a range of approaches to learning and teaching is employed as appropriate to the situation. Industry experienced specialists and visiting specialist Lecturers (industry professionals) make valuable contributions and facilitate important links to professional practice.
Self-Directed Study plays a major role in this program, where students are expected to spend time researching and analyzing subject matter independently to support and substantiate taught material.
Formal Lectures form an integral part of the program and with formal delivery of key information to the whole cohort. At this level it is expected that students will use the lectures as a stimulus for further study/reading.
Seminars are used to build on themes taken from the lecture program. Students are encouraged to make an active contribution by sharing in the argument and debate.
Visiting Lecturers are invited to deliver specialist lectures to enhance the delivery of the units.
Individual Tutorials are used when individual student work is being discussed or the guidance required is specific to one particular student. It is especially important in the dissertation phase and may be face to face, over the telephone, via e-mail or Skype.
Small Group Tutorials enable students to discuss and plan their work in greater detail than is possible with larger groups. It encourages quieter students to develop their interpersonal and communication skills and helps consolidate leadership skills in others.
Video Presentations are used to give a more in-depth understanding of a specific issue.
Case Studies are used for detailed discussion of real-life situations.
Demonstrations are normally of a technical nature and are necessary in certain subject areas. Studio / Workshop / Laboratory / Practical Sessions may be used to enable the creative and practical skill development of the student in an environment which simulates that of industry.
Group and Team Work requires students to operate as a member of a group or team and they usually have clearly identified roles. The emphasis is on collective responsibility, individual responsibility to the group and joint decision-making.
Study Trips give students the opportunity to go outside the institute’s environment to enhance their understanding of specific subject material. If assessment is dependent on information collected whilst undertaking the study trip, the trip would be considered mandatory. The cost of study trips can be either the responsibility of the student or on occasion included in the annual study fee. If the visit is within the city students pay for public transport. This will be outlined at the beginning of any unit where such a trip is foreseen.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Paris
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$100 / course||$450 / course|
SAI can provide recommendations.
|$900 / month||$1,750 / month|
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
|$400 / month||$800 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$350 / month||$450 / month|
|Transportation within Paris area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$125 / month||$150 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from France.
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 91 or more days are required to obtain a student visa. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
Students must appear in person at a VFS Visa Processing Center to present their student visa application. Visa applicants living in the United States are able to set up their appointment at one of the nine visa centers regardless of their location. VFS Global Centers are located in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In some cases the nearest processing center may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for their appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.